All I Ever Wanted Music Video by Celestial Son

Today is the release day of my new music video All I Ever Wanted for Celestial Son taken from their excellent forthcoming album Saturn’s Return. All I Ever Wanted was shot in Los Angeles as a sync-sound stop motion film comprising of over 5000 hand cranked shots. This was an intense shooting experience, not least for Rasmus, who had to lip sync the entire song, frame by frame, using a second channel on a separate video monitor as a source. In order for each frame to line up one after the other, Rasmus had to remain completely still and perform the entire song over a marathon 6+ hours performance. It was an enormous challenge and an extraordinary and intense experience. 

The Danish music magazine Gaffa is premiering the video on their site and have written an article about the video here. The article is in Danish, and describes the circumstances of the shoot mentioned here.

Videos Celebrating National Poetry Month

Julian Simmons asked me if I wanted to contribute some form of visual interpretation of any poem of my choice, in celebration of national poetry month. You can see his humorous introduction to the series below, in the guise of his brilliant character Asgarth Wilson.

I had so much fun doing the first piece, the poem Oculus by Vladimir Nabokov, that I decided to do a second short piece, an installation video, based on a poem by J.G. Siminsky called The Seeds, which you can also see below. I am sure that Julian is open to many more poems, and readings, and you can contribute to his channel. I want to thank Cora Ripatti and Elaine Smith, as always, for their contributions and readings.

In more video news there should be a couple of videos shot all the way last year, coming out in the early summer. Also, in collaboration with Kura, we have decided to release a trilogy of interconnected collage videos which were featured on their tour in support of their album Halfway to the Moon.

Travels in the Librarium

I keep promising myself to one day bring my books in Europe, North Africa and the US to a single location. I imagine every volume finally nestled in some final, all encompassing mythic library, like in Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose, a booby trapped  labyrinth filled with mirrors and secret passageways.  There are however, a number of advantages in having your books scattered on the shelves of different collections, sometimes thousands of miles apart: the joy of rediscovery when you return after a longer absence, of stumbling across a volume you had forgotten you owned. The trouble is of course when you look forward to reacquainting yourself with certain books, and then seem to have trouble locating them, and you then assume (hope) that the volume in question is likely sitting on some shelf on another continent. (Where is my first hard back edition of Silence of the Lambs? Or what happened to the signed copy of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary?) I thought I would pick some books from my collection in Denmark at this point in time. I was going to add some pictures of graphic novels and comics as well, and maybe even mumble some words about each volume. But I think all these books below gave me a great deal of enjoyment, and just seeing them again, ignites all sorts of memories, fragments, sensations. I thought I would pick thirty or so books, snap some quick shots of them one snowy afternoon and put them here in alphabetical order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Eye Opens

I want to thank everyone who made it to the Eye of Terror game at Games Workshop in Fullerton, and played with such enthusiasm and goodwill. It was a real blast, literally, with gamers showing up in costume
and deploying over 35,000 points on the table. It was a quite a sight to behold!


Players started to arrive just after eleven, some  were in full costume, according to the theme of their Warhammer 40K armies!

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Shane as a mighty feral Space Wolf!

Rob caught in a moment of silent prayer, for his Sisters of  Battle.

Allied forces have gathered!

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Cody is nominated as the Supreme Allied commander, and makes quite the impassioned motivational speech for his forces!

Forces begin to deploy!

Shawn, commander of the Chaos forces, begins to realize the size of the army about to roll down the battlefield towards him.

The battle starts!

Things occasionally blow up.

Chaos Forces hold back the allied forces until the last minute!

But ultimately the Allied forces assault the Eye of Terror in the last minutes, thanks to interventions of Blood Angels, Tau and Grey Knights doing the heavy lifting, and they succeed in banishing the Eye of Terror, for the time being! A huge congrats to Shawn, for keeping such a deluge of Allied forces back with his Chaos army, singlehandedly taking on 10 players by himself!

Oscar is the commander with most kills with his deadly Tau!

Cody is commander of the match!

Both Shane’s Space Wolves and Steve’s Blood Angels assaulted their psykers into the Chaos end Zone to claim Victory!

Thank you to Alex, for allowing us to have the Game in his store, and for everyone who participated and joined in the fun!

Happy New Year!

 

Christmas vs The Forces of Chaos

Image by Adrian Smith

The kind folks at Games Workshop Fullerton, California have allowed me to run a game of Warhammer 40k, Tuesday December 23. Doors open at 11am.

Assault on the Eye of Terror

Each player may bring any non chaos Battle-forged army of up to 3000 points. You may include 2 Lords of War Units.

Deployment starts at 11am
Game starts at noon sharp until close.

Deployment is secret and will be revealed on the day.

Shaun Johnson will bring an infinitely regenerating, deep-striking 12,000 point Chaos nightmare.
Chaos Forces will deep strike anywhere within 36” of the Eye of Terror.
No Allied forces may deep strike into this zone.
No Allied fliers can navigate in this zone.

Allied Forces must have just 1 single psyker for an entire game turn within 6” of the Eye of Terror to win.
If Allied forces have not completed their objective by 7pm, they will have lost.
Honorable mentions to the Commander with the most kills.
Honorable mentions to the Commander with the most psykers in the Chaos Deployment zone, irregardless of completing the objective.
Allied commanders will nominate a player of the game.

One army WARLORD will be nominated as the Ultimate Allied Commander. He will be able to add 3 units, anywhere to his stat line. (Two minute motivational speech for Allied forces will be required before the game starts 🙂

Christmas hats welcome!

Photo Portfolio

Summer is over, if there were any leaves left in LA after the particularly dry and hot season, they would be turning. The last two weeks saw old forces returning in the form of a new Aphex Twin album!, and a new edition of Space Hulk from Games Workshop! (Try combining the experience, the crackle of vinyl is particularly cinematic as you flame genestealers in claustrophobic corridors.)

The immensely talented author Michael Marshall (Smith) has finally, FINALLY I say, had some of his incredible body of work translated to the screen and the result is The Intruders TV series from BBC America. Now they should just go ahead and produce his adaptation of Clive Barker’s Weaveworld. Speaking of Clive Barker, the gentleman has had three art shows open here in LA this year (or was it four?), and those paintings are wonderful to experience up close, thick paint and scratches, a sight to behold. Come Halloween there will be a release of Barker’s own extended cut of Nightbreed,which is also going to be some occasion.

There should be two music videos coming this year, or when labels decide to hit the go button. They were immense fun to make. They will probably be the last two stop motion films for some time. (I say this every time and then someone shares something too excellent to resist.) Hopefully those previous seven films can be collected at some point. Right now I am working with immensely talented and supportive producers and we are going to go away and make something exciting, and then come back here at some point.

A Day at the Opera

I had the pleasure of  attending the premiere of the Luisa Fernanda Opera on the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica Theatre on June 5th. This was a great evening and a wonderful production. I was given the opportunity to return to the opera and take some pictures backstage before the final performance. I have posted some selections below from that evening. The opera was directed by Dr. Janelle Destefano and conducted by Dr. James Martin. I want to thank them, and the entire cast and crew for being so generous and allowing me to take these pictures.

KILLT SPIRIT IS OUT TODAY

April 4th, 2014 marks the Official launch of  K I L L T   S P I R I T  and release of the first design – the “Sarsaparilla” cuff.

The film was Conceptualized & Directed by Karim Ghahwagi, and features appearances by Ted Haler and Kindred Lansdown, with Music & Sound Design by Cora Ripatti.

 

 

I am very fortunate to be surrounded by such talented, creative and generous artists. Together the team worked to create the film using over 10,000 stills. All the old sewing machines, pin needles and clocks were animated frame by frame to give them the illusion of life. The house in the beginning of the film was created using three different houses, and the surrounding landscape was similarly photographed and assembled from locations in Denmark and Los Angeles. All live action sequences featuring Ted Haler and Kindred Lansdown were also shot in stop motion to integrate them into the universe of the film, and they both created tremendous performances. We also shot a presentation of the Sarsaparilla Cuff using the same technique.

 

LIGATURE LEGISLATION Short Film

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Our new short film Ligature Legislation is out. It was made in response to the Bloody Cuts Horror short film challenge. The film had to be made specifically for the competition between October 30th, 2013 and December 30th 2013, for a budget not exceeding 1000 dollars, and not more than 3 minutes and 5 seconds in length, including credits. The film stars Chris Frandsen, and also features Kerry Frandsen. The score was composed by Rasmus Sjøgren. Sound design and mix was created by Cora Ripatti. This project has been a wonderful experience, and I am very lucky to be supported and surrounded by such incredibly talented and kind collaborators. You can see the film below, and afterwards, if you are interested in peeking behind the rope, there are a few notes further down on the making of the film. So far the competition has received 200 entries from around the world, and I encourage you to go check them out-Happy New Year!

LIGATURE Notes

Video Works and Black Static

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Principal photography for the Killt Spirit film project (Still image above) is done and features performances by Ted Haler (Strange Days) and Kindred Lansdown. This was a really great experience and I am looking forward to the November release. I have signed on to do three music videos, the first of which will start production next week. I am really excited by these three videos which will feature interconnected narratives that span from present day Los Angeles and far, far into the future, to the dark depths of space, and heavy on supernatural horror, noir detective fiction and dystopian science fiction themes.  Also, my short story Human Resources which appeared in the Des Lewis edited short story anthology The First Book of Classical Horror Stories, has received a review by Peter Tennant in Black Static!  He writes:  ‘Music is incidental to ‘Human Resources’ by Karim Ghahwagi, which appears to be channelling Thomas Ligotti’s attitudes to the world of work, with an omnipresent and mysterious company and people engaged in pointless labour, the mood of the piece powerful, dystopian and disturbing.’ I highly recommend this collection which has great stories by Colin Insole, Mark Valentine, John Howard, S.D. Tullis, D.P. Watt and many others. My novella Amerika is available in a limited hard back edition from Ex Occidente Press and you can grab it here and from the great Cold Tonnage Books here.

MONKEY KING IS OUT TODAY

The music video for Charlie Campari’s single Monkey King from his debut EP ‘Moon Cricket’ is out today. Shot in stop motion in central Los Angeles and at Dead Man’s Point in Apple Valley, the video features performances by Laura Beckmann, Cora Ripatti, Ian Steffi, Soren Castellanos and Ethan Esrawi. The artworks featured in the video were created by nine year old Soren Castellanos, and additional camera assistance was provided by Valan Romero.

 

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The poster for Charlie Campari’s forthcoming music video Monkey King. In lieu of a new distribution deal for the album, the release of the video will now coincide with its May 6th, 2013 release date.